Daniel Robison, WBFO http://innovationtrail.org en Watching TV reruns may be good for your health http://innovationtrail.org/post/watching-tv-reruns-may-be-good-your-health <p>Watching reruns of the popular comedy show, <em>Seinfeld</em> may not seem like the sort of thing that researchers should be spending their days on, but its actually raw data for an experiment conducted by scientist Jaye Derrick. She’s with the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions.</p><p> Sun, 11 Nov 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Daniel Robison, WBFO 2221 at http://innovationtrail.org Watching TV reruns may be good for your health From Buffalo backyards to world domination http://innovationtrail.org/post/buffalo-backyards-world-domination <p></p><p></p><p>In the late 1980’s, a few college friends in Buffalo, New York created a game called 'Trash Can Frisbee'. Players toss a disc toward garbage cans where a partner slaps it in for points. The sport was mostly played in backyards around Buffalo for years. Now, it’s known as KanJam and played at tailgates and parties all over the country. But, as Daniel Robison reports, the sport owes its success to gym class.</p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Daniel Robison, WBFO 2218 at http://innovationtrail.org From Buffalo backyards to world domination Summer school for science teachers http://innovationtrail.org/post/summer-school-science-teachers <p>Educators across the country agree schools need more students to excel in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Yet hooking students on these subjects remains a challenge, especially for generally low performing schools with few resources.</p><p>But this year, administrators in Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) tried to tackle the problem in a new way – by sending some of its teachers to summer school.</p><p>“I haven’t been in a lab in 43 years,” says Susan Wade, a BPS science teacher.</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 18:15:50 +0000 Daniel Robison, WBFO 2109 at http://innovationtrail.org Summer school for science teachers Police face higher health risks: UBuffalo study http://innovationtrail.org/post/police-face-higher-health-risks-ubuffalo-study <p>Due to stressful nature of police work, law enforcement officers face higher risks of obesity, suicide, sleeplessness and cancer, according to a new study from a University at Buffalo (UB) professor who has a unique insight into the issue.</p><p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:30:37 +0000 Daniel Robison, WBFO 2092 at http://innovationtrail.org Police face higher health risks: UBuffalo study Preventing high school dropouts – in kindergarten? http://innovationtrail.org/post/preventing-high-school-dropouts-kindergarten <p><em>This story is part of the Innovation Trail's partnership with FRONTLINE's Dropout Nation. You can <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/topic/dropout-nation-one-four-students-leave-every-year" target="_blank">read the other reports here</a>.</em></p><p>The Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) received good news last year: its four-year graduation rate <a href="http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:D48K5gc3tEIJ:www.buffalonews.com/city/schools/article898201.ece%3FarticleId%3D898201%26order%3DDESC%26page%3D4+&amp;cd=6&amp;hl=en&amp;ct=clnk&amp;gl=us" target="_blank">rose by seven percent. </a></p><p>Still, nearly half the district’s high school students failed to earn a diploma.</p><p>The struggling urban school system continues to look for dramatic fixes. This year, the district is starting in Kindergarten. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:51:12 +0000 Daniel Robison, WBFO 2025 at http://innovationtrail.org Preventing high school dropouts – in kindergarten?